For ITSPmagazine's An InfoSec Life column I had the pleasure to talk with a talented and experienced CyberSecurity professional, an Hacker, a CISO, a 'CyberFeminist' whom, with great passion, supports and promotes women’s and other minorities’ involvement in the InfoSec Community. She is also a business person that makes cultural differences—she speaks seven languages—a key point of her understanding and promotion of cybersecurity model in enterprises and in our everyday life.
Selena Templeton chats with Tracy Maleeff, cyber analyst in a SOC at GSK, about the importance of diversity in cybersecurity — not the typical diversity bullet points that people always talk about (gender and race), but rather, a diversity of backgrounds. Tracy started her career as a librarian before realizing that her “natural paranoia and distrust of things was a career path,” which led her to InfoSec.
Selena Templeton chats with Sarah Young, Azure Security and Compliance Global Blackbelt at Microsoft, about her non-linear journey into InfoSec. There are plenty of ways into the industry and almost every background – librarian, psychologist, physician, historian – can be an asset. Sarah is one such person, and in today’s episode, she shares entertaining stories and helpful nuggets of advice around mentoring, studying, getting hands-on experience, attending security conferences, etc.
By Sean Martin
Sean Martin chats with Amit Elazari of UC Berkeley School of Information, and Leonard Bailey of the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division. Today’s topic looks at the life of a hacker, the challenges they face from both a liability and legal perspective, and how organizations deal with the research activities they encounter from both cybercriminals and ethical hackers alike.
Having entered the cybersecurity space just three years ago, no one was more surprised than Selena Templeton to find herself speaking at RSA Conference 2019. In this recap, she shares her experience joining with Karen Worstell, W Risk Group founder, to talk about “Cybersecurity’s Dirty Little Secret and Talent Grenade: Burnout,” other sessions on mental health in cybersecurity, and the overall feeling of camaraderie, openness, healthiness, and mutual support at the conference.
By Sean Martin
After nearly a few decades in the InfoSec industry, Sean Martin has a deep look back at RSA Conference in San Francisco to see how things have changed, what was top-of-mind this year, and how the community aspect of the conference this year made for one of the best events yet for Sean, the ITSPmagazine team, and the publication overall.
By Sean Martin
In today’s chat, Sean Martin connects with Jason Fruge, CISO at Fossil, who reviews some of the trends he and his fellow CISOs are discussing, along with some of the things they may not be thinking about. These points lead us to the activities and events in which Jason is participating during RSA Conference, including a panel he is on, session themes he will be investigating, and other topics he will be exploring with his peers also in attendance during the week.
In today’s chat, Sean and Selena connect with Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, to give us a sneak peek into her RSA Conference talk, called (Girl) Scouting for Talent: The Solution in the Next Generation. A former Girl Scout herself, Sylvia shares how her career as a rocket scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory started with the Girl Scouts. We also chat about some of the Girl Scouts’ latest initiatives, like their STEM pledge to add 2.5 million girls to the STEM pipeline by 2025, diversity and inclusion, and the technology talent pipeline.
In today’s chat, Sean and Selena connect with Kyla Guru, 16-year-old founder and CEO of Bits N’ Bytes Cybersecurity Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and equipping citizens — young and old — with the cybersecurity skills needed to help prevent future cyber-attacks. Get ready to be inspired by Kyla and follow her lead to take action, beginning with the future generation of InfoSec professionals!
By Sean Martin
Mental health is a topic we care deeply about at ITSPmagazine and we were thrilled to have the chance to connect with Ryan Louie, a board-certified Psychiatrist focusing on the psychiatry of entrepreneurship and the mental health impact of cybersecurity, to get a sneak peek into his interactive session on this very topic during RSA Conference 2019.
On this conversation Selena Templeton will help me dig into a subject that is very dear to Kathleen: the importance of volunteering in the cybersecurity community as an opportunity for learning new technical and non-technical skills that benefit personal growth and support career advancement.
Volunteering is good for the people who do it and for the company that supports it.
On today's podcast, we want to share with you what motivated them to present this talk to such a large audience. They/we believe that people are ready to make changes and, as leaders in the space, CISOs need to take the matter into their own hands — starting by helping each other. It’s time to peel back the cover, have these conversations, and collaborate with their peers while being a good role model to their team.
As part of ITSPmagazine’s “Share Your Own Story” initiative, Avishag Daniely, Director of Product Management at Guardicore, shares her story about the intersection of diversity, technology, life, and the challenges and inspirations she encountered along her journey into cybersecurity.
By Mandy L.
As a survivor of multiple strokes and traumatic brain injuries — effectively paralyzed for years, learning disabled, and on the Autism Spectrum — Mandy shares the experience of attending CES 2019 from a “newly abled” point of view. Despite maneuvering around challenges that most of us don’t think twice about, her interest in cybersecurity and penetration testing pushed her to attend this conference — and offer several suggestions to make events like these more disabled-friendly.
Selena Templeton and co-host Marco Ciappelli chat with Whitney Merrill, a privacy and data attorney who also founded the crypto village at DEFCON, about cyberbullying, anonymity and privacy rights. In this inspiring story, Whitney recounts how being cyberbullied in high school, and the frustration of being told by teachers and police that they couldn’t trace the user, led directly to her career in information security, privacy and the law
Selena Templeton and co-host Marco CIappelli chat with Ariel Herbert-Voss, a Ph.D. student at Harvard University with a focus on adversarial machine learning, about artificial intelligence, machine learning and unconscious bias. It’s no secret that algorithms are, or can be, inherently biased but the issue is not technology – the issue is about human nature. And we can only build something that is fair if we are.
Selena Templeton chats with Audrey Taylor, Founder & CEO of netlogx, a company that is comprised of 50% female employees – most of whom are in leadership roles – about how they were so easily able to achieve what the rest of the industry is still struggling with. Hint: found a company that is Diverse by Design.
By Sean Martin
In today’s conversation, Candy Alexander from ISSA International and Jon Oltsik from ESG share how important their 3rd annual global survey on the life and times of cybersecurity professionals is to the InfoSec community, who should get involved, and how the coming findings can help the community help each other to make for a better experience as we all fight the good InfoSec fight.
Are you interested in becoming a bug bounty hunter? Listen in to see if this world of research and responsible disclosure is for you. Sean Martin and Marco Ciappelli speak with two penetration testers that double as bug bounty hunters to get their perspective.
Selena Templeton chats with Rania Anderson, founder of The Way WoMen Work, an organization that is dedicated to equipping male business leaders with the skills they need to intentionally advance women, who provides examples and responses that men can say or do in specific situations to be allies to the women they work with — which benefits women, men and the business’ bottom line.